A ‘Last Chance Saloon’ tournament took place in Bury St Edmunds yesterday. This was an opportunity for children who hadn’t yet qualified for the Megafinal stage of the Delancey UK Schools Chess Challenge. 13 children entered, from Suffolk, Essex and Cambridgeshire.
Entrants’ ages varied from just five years old, to fifteen. Of the 13 entrants, eleven qualified for the Megafinals. Of these, four qualified by achieving the required score, whilst the other seven qualified as highest scorers in their respective age-groups.
The photo opposite shows the youngest entrant, Shlok Verma from Ilford, facing the oldest, Anthony Gray from Kimbolton.
Qualifiers from Suffolk were Alba Saenz de Villaverde (u15G), Oliver Ransome (u13B), Zac Land (u12B) and Tom Roy (u9B). They will be able to play in the Suffolk Megafinal at Woodbridge School on Sunday 11 May.
Playing Black in the photo opposite, Aditya Verma, England number four at under 10 (ECF 154), easily won the event, winning all seven games.